Sina Kevin Nazemi interviews President Bill Clinton at a Cleveland hotel when Nazemi was in the sixth grade. Image: White House Photography

Dear Mr. President

Freshman Sina Kevin Nazemi interviewed President Clinton when Nazemi was in the sixth grade. He now hopes to become a U.S. Senator.

Freshman Margarita Marinova, who already has co-authored five scientific papers, intends one day to fly to Mars.

We Become What We Believe

Freshman Margarita Marinova, who already has co-authored five scientific papers, intends one day to fly to Mars. "You've got to hold onto your dream," she says.

Freshman Jason Robért says:

Beyond Number

Freshman Jason Robért wrote The Lab Puzzle Book, a collection of high-level math problems; then he established a company to sell the book and a nonprofit organization to distribute it.

Two days after he launched his business on the Internet, freshman Matt Yourst got a customer from Singapore.

Establishing A Company

Matt Yourst began a high-tech company when he was 15. "I've always had an inventive spirit, right from the beginning," he says.

A boy with an iron will, David Van Valen believes there is nothing he cannot achieve.

Skipping Ahead

David Van Valen was accepted to MIT when he was 13. Now a 14-year-old freshman, he says: "I'd like to develop something like the theory of relativity. I want to do something that has a lasting impact on society."

The success of online trading powerhouse, ETrade, has brought Bill Porter,'67, and his wife, Joan, tremendous personal wealth, part of which they have chosen to share with MIT. Photo: Ed Quinn

‘A Significant Gift’

Joan and Bill Porter, '67, founder of online trading powerhouse ETrade, donate $25 million to MIT's Sloan School of Management.

In his Cambridge office overlooking the Boston skyline, Kenan Sahin is saying that life is good. The only thing lacking, he says, is he wishes he had even more knowledge.

The Dream To Help Others

Kenan Sahin, '63, donates $100 million to MIT, because he says, he was taught by his parents to give.

Grad student Martin Culpepper is an inventor who teaches students to put things together by taking things apart. Photo: Ed Quinn

Machine Visions

Grad student Martin Culpepper is an inventor who teaches students to put things together by taking things apart.

Alex Padilla is shown here at the neighborhood library in Pacoima, Calif., where he often studied after school. The youngest Latino ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, he says,

Coming Home

Alex Padilla, '94, is the youngest Latino ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council.